RE 037 — 2nd and 3rd Portions of Bridges over the Kabul River, Jalalabad
The two northern bridges of about 50 m and 70 m in length, crossing over the Kabul River, east of Jalalabad, seen from the east.
[Album Chatham:] 2nd and 3rd Portion of Bridges over Cabul River, Jellalabad. [S&M List:] 1-25 Bridges over Cabul River, Jellalabad.
Chatham: Box No.: E 5, Album No.: 6/6, Page No.: 35
- The Second Afghan War 1878-80: Abridged Official Account (1908), p. 43: "[...] a bridge over the Kabul river was build in three lengths of 170 feet, 170 feet, and 232 feet, the roadway being 8 feet wide. [...]"; f.p. 374: identical photograph, "Temporary Bridge over Kabul River at Jalalabad, 1880 (central and northern portions)".
- Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Vol. 4 (1880), Occasional Paper 8, p. 90-94: Report on construction of bridge over the Kabul river at Jalalabad, with plates 1-8. Plate 8 is a print of this photograph. The three bridges were built within ten days (January 20-30, 1879) under the command of Lt. G.W. Bartram, R.E. and taken down only two months later, on 29 March, within a few hours.
- The Illustrated London News, Vol. 74 (1879/1), April 12, p. 356: engraving, based on a sketch by William Simpson, "Bridging the Cabul River, Jellalabad."
- Adamec (1985): Kabul and southeastern Afghanistan, pp. 297-300: Jalalabad (Town), "[...] The river here runs in two channels of which the southern is the larger [...]. These two channels are each about 100 yards wide. During the Second Afghan War an efficient service of rafts was maintained for some time between Jalalabad and Dakka as a supplement to the land transport. [...] (I.B.C., Johnson.)"
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880 1878-1880
RE 001-056, Khyber, Jalalabad, Gandamak
Albumen paper with gold toning, 210/280 mm, mounted on cardboard
good, background faded
Jalalabad, February 1879